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Four-Time Tony Award-Winner “Memphis” is Coming to LSU Nov. 25-26

10/25/2013 11:37 AM

BATON ROUGE – “Memphis,” the 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical, will have a limited engagement at the LSU Union Theater on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the Union Theater Box Office at 225-578-5128, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Critically acclaimed “Memphis” won four 2010 Tony Awards including best musical and best original score; four Drama Desk Awards including outstanding musical, outstanding music and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including outstanding musical, outstanding score and outstanding choreography.

“‘Memphis’ is mighty, magnificent, miraculous … ingenious staging and direction, energizing, fresh, and joyful choreography and an infectious dynamite score!” said the Houston Chronicle, and the Toronto Star called “Memphis” “an explosion of energy, joy and emotion you won’t want to miss ... with singing that rocks your soul and dancing that rocks your world!”

“‘Memphis’ is a masterpiece!” exclaimed

“Memphis” takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white disc jockey named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t – rock ‘n’ roll and an electrifying black singer. “Memphis” is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when Calhoun’s vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

Adam Arian will re-create the original direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley. Jermaine Rembert will re-create the original choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

The show features a Tony winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who also pens the musical’s book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, “The Toxic Avenger.” “Memphis” is based on a concept by the late George W. George, producer of the Tony nominated “Bedroom Farce” and the film “My Dinner with Andre.”

Scenic design for “Memphis” is by Tony Award winner David Gallo, costume design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell, lighting design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design is by Shannon Slaton.

Producer NETworks Presentations LLC, founded in 1995 by Kenneth Gentry, Seth Wenig and Scott W. Jackson, has produced and managed more than 55 national and international touring productions. Previous productions include “Little Women,” starring Maureen McGovern; “Cinderella,” starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson; “Fosse,” starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall; “The Light in the Piazza”; “My Fair Lady,” co-produced with Cameron Mackintosh; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”; Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake”; “Annie”; “Hairspray”; “The Wizard of Oz”; “Young Frankenstein”; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”; and “La Cage aux Folles,” starring George Hamilton and many others. Current productions include Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Blue Man Group National Tour,” “Elf The Musical,” “Flashdance the Musical,” The New 25th Anniversary Production of “Les Misérables,” Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of “War Horse” and “We Will Rock You,” the musical by Queen and Ben Elton.

For more information contact Terry Serio, assistant theater director, at 225-578-6013 or, or Ellen Sturgill, marketing graduate assistant, at 225-578-8582 or

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